Report of the Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice with Children and Adolescents

This report addresses the unique challenges for practitioners in developing, strengthening, and disseminating evidence-based practice (EBP) for children, adolescents, and their families.

The report adheres to the 2005 APA policy statement on Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology, which calls for "the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and preferences."

The report covers:

  • A brief history and the key assumptions of EBP.

  • Developmental considerations for children and adolescents.

  • The critical issues affecting the dissemination and implementation of EBP.

  • An approach to practice that consists of observation, inquiry, and evaluation.

  • Recommendations for research, education, practice, and policy.